Honorary captains announced for Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 1, 2017

ATLANTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Officials for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game have announced the honorary captains for this weekend's Florida State vs. Alabama matchup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Alabama’s Derrick Henry will serve as honorary captains for their respective alma maters.

Winston and Henry will join the team captains at midfield for the pregame coin toss prior to the 8 p.m. ET kickoff on Saturday.

WCTV is in Atlanta with complete coverage leading up to the big game, which will be nationally televised on ABC.

For more information, visit www.Chick-fil-AKickoffGame.com.

From Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game officials:

Jameis Winston -- Serving as the honorary captain for the Seminoles will be the 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner and the 2015 first overall draft pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jameis Winston. Winston authored the greatest freshman season by a quarterback in college football history by leading Florida State to a 14-0 record and the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship. In addition to the Heisman Trophy, Winston captured the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award while earning Consensus All-America accolades. The Bessemer, Ala., native became the first freshman to collect the ACC Player of the Year honor in the 61-year history of the conference and also nabbed the league’s ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year trophies. Winston shattered the ACC record, Florida State record and national freshman record for touchdown passes (40) and broke the national freshman record for passing yards (4,057), while leading the nation and setting the ACC record for pass efficiency rating (184.8). Over his two-year career, Winston passed for 7,964 yards and 65 touchdowns, while compiling a 26-1 record.

Derrick Henry -- Former Alabama standout running back and 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry will serve as honorary captain for the Crimson Tide. Few players ever shaped an Alabama team – and an entire college football season – as Henry did in 2015. A junior in 2015, Henry had arrived in Tuscaloosa as the national high school record holder for career rushing yards. A dominant runner combining size, strength, endurance durability and breakaway speed, Henry’s abilities powered the Crimson Tide offense on the way to its national title run in 2015. Henry earned every major honor there is along the way, including consensus All-American recognition, the Heisman Trophy, the Doak Walker Award and numerous other accolades in a season in which he broke the SEC single-season rushing yards record by gaining 2,219 yards on 395 carries. He rushed for 28 touchdowns in 2015 and had four 200-yard rushing performances on the season. Henry was a second round selection (45th pick) in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.